On January 13, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90, a
Boeing 737-222 (N62AF) was a scheduled flight to
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from Washington
National Airport, Washington, D.C. There were 74
passengers, including 3 infants, and 5
crewmembers on board. The flight's scheduled
departure time was delayed about 1 hour 45
minutes due to a moderate to heavy snowfall,
which necessitated the temporary closing of the
Following takeoff from runway 36, which was made
with snow and/or ice adhering to the aircraft,
the aircraft crashed at 1601 e.s.t. into the
barrier wall of the northbound span of the 14th
Street Bridge, which connects the District of
Columbia with Arlington County, Virginia, and
plunged into the ice-covered Potomac River.
It came to rest on the west side of the bridge
0.75 nmi from the departure end of runway 36.
Four passengers and one crewmember survived the
When the aircraft hit the bridge, it struck
seven occupied vehicles and then tore away a
section of the bridge railing. Four persons in
the vehicles were killed; four were injured.